: high in social, moral, or intellectual quality

Examples of high-toned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The last decade surely produced some of the finest television ever, spanning high-toned dramas and offbeat comedies, several of them masterpieces unlikely to have been made under any other circumstances. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 6 June 2023 Blending syrah into the region’s signature malbec lends depth and body to malbec’s high-toned blueberry fruit and supple tannins. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2023 Today, the city of two million is an international gateway for travelers headed to famous ski destinations like Niseko, a high-toned village catering mostly to foreigners. Hisako Ueno, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1770, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-toned was in 1770

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“High-toned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-toned. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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